Palm Beach Currumbin State High
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Thrower Drive
Palm Beach QLD 4221

Phone: 07 5525 9333
Fax: 07 5525 9300

10 May 2021

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10 May 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Capra_Chris.JPGNAPLAN tests for our Year 7 and 9 students commence tomorrow and run for the next nine school days. The diagnostic tests provide the school with information about how we are benchmarking our teaching and learning against the Australian Curriculum. For individual students, the tests provide a diagnostic snap shot of their skills and abilities.

Congratulations to Mary-Ellen Klem and her team of volunteers that hosted a sell out morning-tea last week at the Boat Shed to raise funds for our Chaplaincy Service. The funds raised ensure that we continue to have a Chaplain who offers youth support services to all students for seven days a fortnight. 

On Monday 29 March on the Thrower Road crossing, one of our students was struck by a vehicle at approximately 8:20am. In dealing with the incident, recording the vehicle’s details was missed (as they didn’t stop). If any community members witnessed the event or have camera footage of the incident, could you please contact the school so that we can assist the student and parent to resolve this matter.

Chris Capra
Executive Principal

CRICOS Provider Name: The Queensland Department of Education trading as Education Queensland International (EQI) CRICOS Provider Number 00608A

Parent Engagement in Learning

Parent engagement in learning is known to lead to improved outcomes for students of all ages. 

Parent engagement in learning and everyday positive parenting are major contributors to children’s learning, and can build children’s confidence, motivation, capability and competence as learners. Please find below some tips that can be used as a starting point at home:

  • Communicate the value of education and the importance of schooling
  • Encourage educational aspirations and career goals; make plans with children for their future
  • Regularly ask your student what they are learning and doing at school, and praise real effort and achievements
  • Take an interest in homework, provide help where needed and offer encouragement and support for children to solve problems for themselves
  • Have high expectations for academic success and behaviour
  • Encourage physical activity and set reasonable boundaries for television, games and online socialising
  • Engage children in meaningful conversations about everyday life and topical issues, and encourage critical thinking and the development of ideas
  • Have positive, regular interactions with teachers; share knowledge, ideas and concerns.

For students to be successful both at school and into the future it's essential that parents/caregivers work with us allowing us to tailor teaching and learning to suit each individual child ensuring that every PBC student is prepared for all that life may bring! 


PBC is extremely diverse and has a rich culture of high expectations to optimise student learning, mental health, social and emotional well-being.


NAPLAN testing begins on Tuesday 11 May and will continue for 2 weeks by the time all students have completed the four tests. If a student is ill and misses a test, there is the opportunity for catch-up tests.

We wish all of our Year 7 and 9 students every success in NAPLAN, and thank their teachers for all they have done to prepare the students to do their best.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Thank you to every parent who will give up his or her time to attend Parent Teacher Interviews 11 – 13 May. Teachers really appreciate the chance to discuss students’ progress and share important information which can help students in their achievement and their happiness at school.

Remember, that you can contact your child’s teachers at any time, via the Staff Contact list on the school website.

Assessment Calendar Term 2

These will be available on the school website.

The next couple of weeks welcome a busy time within Senior Secondary, as all of our students continue with Term 2 studies and extra-curricular events. We firstly look forward to welcoming all parents into the school for the upcoming Parent Teacher Interviews (running from Tuesday 11 - Thursday 13 May). These are the perfect opportunity to discuss your child's progress with the teachers that work with them closest. 

We also look forward to welcoming parents of our Year 12 cohort to the first Year 12 OPTIMA Awards Ceremony for 2021. This ceremony will acknowledge elite achievements within academia, sporting, community and cultural landscapes. For the first time we will also acknowledge those students who have completed a Diploma course in the past year, as well as those students who have achieved success within the Variable Progression Program. Invitations to students and parents of award recipients will have been sent this week. 

Senior Student Study Skills Sessions

8:00am Tuesday (11/5) or Thursday (13/5)

All Year 11 and 12 students are invited to attend a study skills and advice session held at 8:00am on Tuesday (11/5) or Thursday (13/5) of Week 4. This session follows on from the Parent seminar held in Week 3 by detailing how students can specifically integrate the strategies of retrieval practice, spaced learning and chunking and chewing into their study practice assisting them to consolidate their understanding to support their learning and preparation for external exams. Please encourage your student to attend this session and RSVP to

Assessment Calendars

Senior Secondary assessment calendars have been published on the school website under the curriculum tab. This is a useful tool for parents and students in preparing their study timetables.

The Year 11 Unit 1 examination timetable has been published on this link as well as the school’s Assessment Policy and application forms for Extension/Change of Date and Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA).

Year 10 and 12 shutdown timetables for the end of term will be published soon.

Year 11 UPDATE

Unit 1 Assessment

Year 11 students should be busy revising work and completing assignments for their upcoming assessment. All assessment for Unit 1 should be completed by Friday 21 May.  There will be no shutdown for these exams and students will be expected to attend school every day. It is vitally important that Year 11s are actively revising and preparing for assessment now as they will have numerous exams and assignments due in the same week.

Year 11 Subject changes

Year 11 students will have the opportunity to change classes subject to timetable availability at the end of week 5. Students will be able to attend a session in Y block at first break on Friday 21 May to see subject availability. They will then need to seek the permission of the Heads of Department of their new subject and parents before a change will be processed.

Certificate II in Tourism

Any Year 12 or 11 student wishing to complete this certificate at school during Term 2 and 3 on Wednesdays should see Mr. McDougall or Ms McQueen as soon as possible. This course is free for students that have not used their VETis funding.

As well as improving students employment prospects this course is worth 4 QCE so is highly recommended for students that are currently not on track to achieve the QCE due to poor academic performance 

Student Engagement

All Year 11 and 12 students are again reminded that they have to continually demonstrate that they are actively engaged in the learning process to remain enrolled in post compulsory schooling. Students demonstrate this by completing, submitting and passing their assessment in subjects, remaining eligible for the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and complying with school policies and procedures. Students whose academic performance indicates that they are no longer eligible for the QCE will have their enrolment monitored and reviewed by the senior schooling team.

Year 10 UPDATE

Year 10 into 11 student pathways

Year 10 students and their parents need to be aware of the following requirements for students to study in the ATAR pathway in 11 and 12.

To study 4 General subjects and be eligible for an ATAR students must achieve;

  • An A or B in English and Maths in Semester 1 Year 10
  • Students wishing to study a Science in Year 11/12 (Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Biology or Marine) must also achieve a B in Science in Semester 1 Year 10
  • Students wishing to study Mathematical Methods in Year 11 must achieve at least a B10 in Maths in Semester 1 Year 10

Students who achieve a C5 in Maths and English in Semester 1 Year 10 may still be able to study General Maths and General English in Year 11 however will not be able to study 4 ATAR Subjects. More information regarding subject selection for Year 11 will be published in Term 3.

School based traineeships available

New exciting traineeship opportunities are available in the Pathways Centre Y Block for Year 10’ & 11’s. Job boards will be updated regularly with new positions. Students can collect a registration form and apply now. Get paid while gaining a qualification when doing a school based traineeship and earn up to 8 QCE points!!

A variety of new traineeships are on offer with a focus on business, hospitality, retail, sport and tourism:

  • Currumbin RSL:  Looking for 4 school-based trainees who have enthusiasm and love working with people. You will learn a range of hospitality skills including all aspects of food and beverage. Cert 3 business with hospitality focus. Currumbin RSL are also looking for Apprentice Commercial Cookery. To apply go to Ignite Education website
  • Rebound Indoor Sport Centre: Cert 3 business traineeship with sport and recreation focus. Recruitment session coming up, put your name down as expression of interest in Y Block.
  • Retail Butcher The Pines and Burleigh stores are looking for trainees cert 3 business/retail. Applicant must be reliable, and display customer services skills and willing to learn. Contact details in Y Block on job boards
  • Cabinet Making apprenticeships with local business. Bring a resume into Y Block to apply.

Hospitality and Business Traineeships:

  • Maries Pizza Tugun and Palm Beach stores
  • Wendys the Pines Tues/Wed/Thursday available
  • Brumbys Bakery the Pines
  • Laurie Lawrence Swim School Burleigh
  • Intersport the Pines
  • The Paddock Bakery Burleigh
  • Pets Wonderland Currumbin
  • Yiros Shop Burleigh
  • Guzmen Y Gomez Burleigh
  • Pizzeria Coolangatta
  • Pattysmiths Burgers
  • IKare Support Services Elanora
  • The Shelf Deli and Café the Pines
  • Ambarella Fine Foods Burleigh
  • Seeds of Life Robina
  • Soul Origin Robina
  • Crema Espresso the Pines & Coolangatta
  • Caroline C Boutique
  • Third Base Palm Beach
  • Paperbark Café Burleigh
  • Dominos Tugun
  • Burleigh British Chippy
  • Hudson Coffee
  • Ground Café Coolangatta
  • KFC – Palm Beach, Mermaid Beach & Robina
  • Coming Home Co Robina Kitchens
  • Active Earth Nut and Seeds – Burleigh
  • Garden of Vegan Burleigh hospitality and cookery focused
  • The Original Bakery Tugun

Defence Force Work Experience: Please apply via the link:

DNA signs Currumbin: DNA Signs and Graphics is a Digital Signage business based in Currumbin, Qld. They combine creativity, innovative design and the latest technology to deliver high quality visual solutions for individuals and businesses, small and large. Basic duties/responsibilities: organising/packing stock, monitoring the printer, vinyl weeding, vinyl application, assisting with car wraps/graphics, cleaning and detailing vehicles, basic design/artwork using Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop. Working off-site assisting with sign installation and working with tools. To apply please email resume to Vee

Cert 3 Early Childhood – Little Scholars Burleigh and other local centres

Cert 3 Hairdressing – Local Salons in Coolangatta to Broadbeach

School based vacancies links:

School Leavers should check the following links for fulltime employment opportunities

There are more opportunities on the job boards. Please come into Y Block to register. Love your current job? Would you like to turn it into a traineeship? Come to the Pathway centre and let’s see if we can create a traineeship for you in your current role. The Pathway Centre is open before school and first break to apply for any of the above positions.

Sonia Shreeve - Industry Liaison Officer

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Do you have a son or daughter or extended family member that has recently graduated from Year12? Leaving school after so many years can be both exciting and a little scary. Sometimes it takes a past student a few months to figure out what they want to do, this ‘down time’ can often impact on their motivation levels and attitude.

There are currently lots of opportunities available for study, work and training – it’s just knowing how to access all of this information.

At PBC we have a designated Link and Launch Manager Elaine Braniff, who can assist in navigating a wide range of options in consultation with the past student. She will organise a one on one catch up, ascertain their goals, their strengths, their skills and help them to create a future pathway. In addition, she can offer specific advice on resumes, cover letters, job searching, interview preparation & presentation and current labour market and educational destinations.

Pathways can include (but are not limited to) part time work (if the past student is currently studying), full time employment, Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities, linkages in to government and federal workforce participation programs, free TAFE for Year 12 leavers and community and health referrals all based on the needs of the individual.

Elaine Braniff, Link and Launch Manager can be contacted on 0467 951 239 or via email -

For more information visit: or

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The Arts classrooms and studios are flourishing with activity at the start of Term 2. Students are busily developing their skills in preparation for assessment, and also extending their skills in extra-curricular opportunities.

Instrumental Music

The Instrumental Music department welcomes Mr Bill Buchanan to the team. Students are fortunate to have such an experienced and passionate musician as their Tutor, joining Instrumental Music Coordinator Mr Justin Hart. Students performed beautifully at our recent ANZAC ceremony and are working on repertoire for the upcoming Gold Coast Eisteddfod.


Drama students are preparing for the Gold Coast Secondary School’s Drama Festival this term and entry to the ‘Scene Project’ at the Queensland Theatre Company. Students were fortunate enough to engage in a workshop with Masked Theatre to extend their physical theatre skills to further develop their work for the upcoming competitions.

Students were recently enthralled by Shock Therapy’s production of “Medea”.  The company love coming to PBC due to the excellence and talent of the students in the audience.  After the performance, Sam, Hayden and Knot led a workshop for Year 12 on transforming Epic Text.  The actors were impressed by the student’s intelligent and intuitive Directorial Visions of the classic Greek Text and offered expert professional feedback to assist in their assessment preparations.

Music Excellence

Last Wednesday the Senior Music Excellence students ventured to Southbank and discovered the thriving music scene at Griffith Conservatorium. We were greeted kindly by friendly faces of PBC alumni and their classmates, exposing us to the experimental side of music. We first enjoyed a composition lunchtime concert showcasing some of the Con’s finest first, second and third year music students.

The endless study options were shown to us on the tour of the conservatorium, as well as the unlimited facilities and instruments for a large range of courses.

"We were treated to an unique percussion performance which demonstrated the unconventional side of music and how to use every day objects to create intricate and creative sounds. We got so much out of this trip and were exposed to the many different pathways we can take after school." Year 11 Music Excellence Students Olive Mc Cagh and Bonnie Kruger.

Year 11 Music students are also preparing for their lunchtime concert ‘Redsfest’ Monday 10 May under the Library. PBC Alumni Molly Keen returned to PBC last week to lead a workshop on composition with the Working Musicians Program.


Visual Art

Year 10 Visual Art Student Ky Follent will represent the PBC Creative Arts Department in attending the HOTA Gallery opening, invited by Councillor Daphne McDonald on Saturday 8 May. Visual Arts students will venture up to Brisbane to view the Creative Generation exhibition at GOMA in June.

Dance Excellence

Year 7 Dance Excellence students performed at the Year 7 Optima assembly this week. Check out our Instagram account @pbcshs to see the video. Dancers are now busily preparing for their performance pieces for the Gold Coast Eisteddfods and attending QPAC to see a performance of ‘Three’ at the end of the month.

Film TV and New Media

Film, TV and New Media students have been working on creating podcasts, experimental film and series pilots in class.

Last week we took 32 Arts students to see the critically acclaimed musical ‘Come from Away’ at QPAC. Students loved the musical and had a wonderful time!


The Arts community at PBC is bursting with creativity and buzzing with energy at the start of Term 2!

Food Technology

It is a busy term for the Technology Foods Department.

Mr Bonds Year 7 technology class are planting seedlings and upcycling old egg cartons to add to the community garden that we are growing at PBC using compost that has been created from organic matter collected in the school and processed in the sustainability shed. They have loved this activity as part of our sustainability and textiles unit. We currently have a competition running between seven groups in the class to see who can look after and grow the best plants. Hopefully these vegetables will end up in their kitchens, so they can pass on the education of locally sourced food and sustainability to their families. 

Year 9 are currently investigating Diet Related Diseases (DRDs), in this unit they will look at the top 10 DRDs in Australia and presenting their research to their peers in the form of a multi modal presentation. Recipes produced focus on different dietary related aspects to support in class learning.

Year 10 Students are working on their Food Around the World Marketta assessment, where they make and sell food from different countries to the student population. The designing of the Marketta stall and the meal to be sold is the final part of the assessment for the term. Students are cooking a different nationalities dish each week in class as inspiration for this Marketta.

During Term 2 the Certificate III Hospitality Students have designed, made and have delivered lunch boxes to the Teaching staff of the school. The lunch boxes they are making vary from Chicken Caesar Salad with Caramel ANZAC Slice and a beverage to a Club Sandwich with Hot Chips.

Industrial Skills

Year 12 ISK (Industrial skills) are currently working on a sheet aluminium esky which is rivetted together and sealed with clear silicone. This esky can be difficult to make with high importance placed on the accuracy of marking, cutting, drilling and placement of each part.

Once the project is done it is very rewarding for student as they have a fully functional and unique esky they will keep with them for many years to come.

Next up students will make an A4 photo frame and a small fold up picnic table.

On the long Labour Day weekend, nine PBC philosophy students gave up their Saturday to discuss important international issues at the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) held at the Tweed Civic Centre, organised and sponsored by Rotary.


Jake Matsushita won the right to compete at the national MUNA held in Canberra in August where he will meet delegates from all over Australia, international diplomats and watch debate in the House of Representatives.

PBC adopted the nations of;

  • China: Stephanie Farquhar, Luke Pache and Liam Comerford
  • Israel: Chloe Hofrichter, Melanie Dietrich and Tuscany Barwick
  • Australia: Tayla Miller, Max and Jake Matsushita

Students debated and voted upon the following resolutions:

  • The establishment of a universal, equitable international trading system under the World Trade Organisation
  • The protection of international trade and international waters in the South China Sea
  • The imposition of punitive sanctions against the Government of Myanmar and investigation of gross human rights violations in Myanmar
  • The regulation of international migration including the recognition of educational and professional qualifications the provision of acceptable housing, accommodation, education and health care for refugees and displaced people

PBC can be proud of the diplomacy demonstrated by its students and their ability to argue for or against resolutions that they personally disagreed with.  All teams made new alliances and new friends from schools across the Gold Coast. Thank you Rotary; you do great work.

Coordinator: Deb Reid

Welcome back to Term Two! We hope you have had an enjoyable holiday break and you are as excited as we are to start the new term!

Term Two is notoriously busy with educational outcomes and attendance in the forefront of our minds. Setting SMART goals is key to developing a healthy routine and balance between school, sport and extra carricula activities. Better health is a result of just a little extra planning. Having your bag organised the night before, setting the alarm a little earlier and you'll have time to exercise and eat breakfast, fueling your body for the day. Results from conversations with the students about the benefits are better stress levels lead to improved mental health, more time to relax and less anxiety.

Year 11 students took part in the Gold Coast Trades College - Careers Expo. Participants were able to get an insight into various trades and nationally recognised courses faciliated at the Currumbin campus. It was a fantaastic handson apporach that had our young men gaining new skills instantly.

Our Easy Eats and Back to Basics acitivities have kicked off again this term where students are learning about healthy, budget friendly meals. Teaching knife handling, meat prepartion and the right amount of heat on a pan being a few learnings. So far the boys have had a hand in pulled pork burgers, curried sasuaged and pancakes.

Morning trainings for this Term will consist of Tuesday skill games on the oval at PBC and Thursdays will be fitness or recovery at Currumbin Alley. A lot of our young men are currently playing school and club sport so it is a perfect way to cater to both players wanting to stretch and recover or head for some exercise up the stairs. Finishing each session with a health breakfast to fuel us for the rest of the day.

Foundation partners OfficeWorks paid us a visit to see the room, meet the students and speak about potential job opportunities. Harry Chadburn and Reef McKay were fantastic in taking the staff members for a tour highlighting their experience with Clontarf.

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The PBC Leos have many ideas planned to help the community this Term 2.

The Annual Induction of new members occurred in Week 2. We had Peter Smith, president of the Lion’s Club, to induct our 13 new members as well as PBC Staff; Mr Kennedy, Mr Capra and Mrs Wise. We are proud to welcome these new members to the PBC Leos.

Andy Dunn came in to speak with us about Fred’s Place. Fred’s Place is helping the homeless by cooking them breakfast, having washing machines to wash their clothes, showers and helping them with Centrelink. However, they would like to improve the living space and they asked the PBC Leos for assistance.  The Leos donated $600 to Fred’s Place. Another possible donation we are considering this term is the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and adopting an animal (or two!).

Coming up next month we have the Gold Coast Beach Parade at Burleigh Heads, a practice concert for the retirement home at the Lion’s Den and a Barefoot Bowls for the Leos and their parents to come together and have some fun!

Michelle Wykes, Secretary of the PBC Leos Club 2021

Click the links below to hear the latest from PBC’s Wellbeing Team.

Senior Secondary Guidance Officer

Read the attached article for the latest information targeted to senior students of careers and pathway information.

Junior Secondary Guidance Officer

Attached is the latest article from our Junior Secondary Guidance Officer Anna Willis. 

Tennis Excellence News

PBC Girls make State Final! PBC took 2 boys and 2 girls teams to the Regional Tennis Finals as they battled against a number of other schools to try and reach the Qld State Championships in Rockhampton later this term. All 4 teams played some amazing tennis and were really tested by the other schools involved. The PBC Boys 1 made the final and lost in a tough match against TSS. PBC Girls 1 made the final against St Hilda’s School and it came down to the last doubles with the girls winning it and booking their place in the State Finals! Congratulations to all players involved today and good luck to our girls in Rocky!!!! #GO REDS

Queensland All Schools Cross Country

Well done to our amazing athletes who competed in the All Schools Cross Country in Ipswich. Luke, Thomas (35th), Zach (30th), Charlotte (9th), Max (13th), Hunter (6th), Sienna (2nd), Ethan. Sienna will go on to compete for QLD at the National Cross Country. Fantastic effort Team RED!

Skills Studies and Transitions

A group of Year 12 students recently met with representatives from the Young Workers Hub. The objective was to inform young people on their rights at work. At the end of the session the students were empowered with the knowledge to protect themselves and their workmates in the workplace. The session was tailored to the group’s existing knowledge and included themes that covered the World of Work and Workplace, Health & Safety modules.

Gold Coast Changemaker Challenge

Last week a group of innovative Year 9 girls spent the day participating in the Gold Coast Changemaker Challenge. Cat from Young Change Agents introduced the students to design thinking, social entrepreneurship, prototyping and pitching. Students identified problems present in the Gold Coast community and pitched solutions to a panel of judges. Two teams from the day will pitch their ideas later this term at Southern Cross Uni alongside other schools. Congratulations to our winning teams Hydrangea House and Switch Fit

Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Class Clowns 2022

With hundreds of registered teen participants, heats and state finals took place across Australia. 13 finalists from around the nation recently took to the stage in front of a live audience and a panel of industry experts to perform stand-up, sketch and parody for their chance to be crowned the funniest teen (or teens) in the country. The standard was incredibly high. 

Our own Jai Uhlmann in Year 10, despite performing from afar, most deservedly placed runner up! Due to COVID restrictions at the time, Jai was unable to fly to Melbourne but watched himself live onstage in a strange but very memorable experience.

Registrations for next year’s Class Clowns are now open.

Class Clowns is more than just a competition; it’s a gateway into comedy for hundreds of young people. Participants from Years 9-12 are given access to professional comedians as mentors, taking part in workshops and performing in front of live audiences at a local, state and national level. Head here for more info on Class Clowns.

Opportunities for students to explore and develop their comedy chops are available at PBC. After the huge success of the last two Reds Go Riot showcases with Mandy Nolan, students can join in on the action at Lunchtime LOLs on Friday lunch 1 in N11.  Bendigo Bank Tugun Community Branch's generous sponsorship over the past two years has been a tremendous support to comedy endeavours at PBC - we have some amazing comedy talent here at PBC, so why not have some fun making others laugh and learning a new skill - it takes guts but it's well worth it! Students should speak to Mrs Erin Hull to find out more about comedy at PBC. 

The Kidnap Game


Theatre night Tugun will be on Friday 14 May at 7:30pm with all proceeds going to the PBC Instrumental Music program.

Parents are invited to book a table of 5 at $20 per seat. No cash for tickets will be accepted on the night only for the raffle. BYO drinks and nibbles. To book please contact Mary Flynn on 5598 8733 or email

The play is: The Kidnap Game written By Tudor Gates and Directed By Lachlan Mitcherson.

Synopsis: Paul Kendon is a highly-successful international businessman whos world is turned upside down when a man claims to have kidnapped his daughter. Although Kendon is prepared to quietly pay the ransom, his security officer calls in the police in the form of the cool, intelligent Inspector Joy Hart. Kendon must take a back seat as Hart engages the kidnapper in a battle of wits, leading to the exciting climax with unexpected twists.

Reds Get Grateful

Here’s who the kids said they were grateful for this week:

  • Ms Logan - Involves everyone in fun activities. Our Class feels like a family

  • Ms Masia - Really Nice and supportive

  • Mr Pato - Encourages us to do our best. Nice and really funny

  • Mr Zacharia - He’s cool and chilled, he’s the best teacher always helps us.

  • Ms Joubert - She’s nice, fun and caring

  • Mr Moakes - Just a good maths teacher

  • Mr Lane - “Fun as”, he always helps me

  • Mrs Thomas - Funny and kind and just really nice. Forgiving too

  • Mrs Hillcoat - Very prepared and very kind

  • Mr Jenkins - He’s a nice guy

  • Ms O’Kane - Really helps you understand. I used to hate Maths  now I love it

  • Ms McGovern - She makes the work interesting

  • Ms Abbey - Really helps me with my problems

  • Ms Frisoli - “She savage” (a good thing apparently) Keeps the boys in line

  • Ms McCormack - Helps us to be the best touch players we can possibly be

  • Ms Warren - Always supportive and helpful

  • Ms Hyatt - Care, really nice

  • Ms Thomas - Supportive

  • Ms Hyatt - Bubbly and great at sport

  • Ms Schatz - Great training sessions

  • Mr Hage - Helps me get organized

  • Mr Byron - Helps me understand my work

  • Canteen ladies - Helpful, supportive and caring

  • Mr Roberts - Always supportive

  • This from one of our staff:

    “There is something very moving about listening to the students speak of their gratitude for PBC Teachers.  In particular, four of my Year 7 boys spoke about their love for Mr Zimmerle, with the words – “We love Zimmo”, so touching and heart felt.”

  • Mr Roberts - Good Mentor

  • Ms Bell - Always goes out of her way to help

  • Ms Woodcock - Just the best teacher

  • Ms Haidley - Always helps out

  • Ms Apanui - Just an amazing person

  • Mr Monaghan - He’s a lovely person

  • Ms Joubert - She’s the best

  • Mr Moakes - Always helping out

  • Mr Hart - He’s really funny

  • Mr Howard - Such a good teacher

  • Mr McCullagh - Really engaging

  • Mr Peters - Great stories that actually help us learn

  • Mr Griffo - Really good teaching style. Knowledge and Humour

  • Ms Binnie - She’s nice

  • Ms Wyatt - Just the best! So supportive

  • Ms O’Kane - Dedicated, cool and caring

  • Asho - He’s an all-round legend

  • Mr Dixon - “Cause he’s a lad”

  • Mr Babovic - Great Construction teacher. He’s easily my favourite teacher

  • Ms Benigno - She’s amazing, funny and happy

  • Ms McGuire - Caring and really listens to you

  • Ms Dufty - Super kind and always helping

  • Mr Wells - Always helped my brother and I

Follow PBC on Social Media

Our social media accounts are the best way to stay connected with the daily happenings of our school. We will upload any important messages, reminders, student achievements and general action. With posts every day this a great way to celebrate our awesome school. If you have any news about your student that you would like to share please message us via Direct Message on Instagram, Messenger on Facebook or email to

Instagram @PBCSHS

Facebook @PalmBeachCurrumbinStateHigh and @PBCAlliance


PBC School Council

Election – Declaration of Result

Non-Teaching Staff Member Representative
We are pleased to announce that Elaine Braniff, Link and Launch Manager, has been appointed as the new Non-Teaching Staff Member Representative for the School Council.

Student Representative
We are pleased to announce that Lilly Suttle, Year 11 student, has been appointed as the new Student Representative for the School Council.

Parent Representative
We are pleased to announce that Philip Follent has been extended in his role as Parent Representative, by vote of the School Council, for a further 12 month period.

Congratulations to our new and continuing School Council Members!”


PBC Fundraising

Water Fountains


The PBC P&C is on a mission to install six, foot-operated, refrigerated, filtered, twin water bottle filling stations around the school for our 2600+ students to access and is asking for help. 

The money these hydration stations will save our students on buying bottled water from the canteen for one year would pay for these to be installed, so we are asking you to dig deep to save our environment and help Hydrate the Reds.  The initial campaign has a target that will see 2 of the 6 stations purchased and installed as soon as possible. It will close at 5:00pm on 15 June.

Thank you  to those that have already contributed! We are currently at $3856 out of our target of $7000. We have raised enough to pay for one station but need to reach the target to install 2.

Please click on the link below to make your tax deductible donation today. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR STUDENTS’ SCHOOLING EXPERIENCE.

The PBC P&C Association have produced a fantastic 'PBC Reds' Sports Towel for our latest fundraiser. The towel features the PBC Reds logo and are a perfect size for all our students to use during their training activities. The towel has ultimate absorbency, is lightweight and quick drying and looks great! At just $25, these towels are available now at the PBC Uniform Shop.

The money raised through the sales of our Reds Towel will go towards more chilled water bubblers for our students.

Towel size 50cm x 110cm

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PBC Chaplaincy Fundraiser

What a fantastic time was had at Saltwater last Wednesday at the Fashion Parade morning tea Fundraiser to support the PBCSHS Chaplaincy program.

Mr Capra spoke brilliantly about how Chaplaincy benefits PBC and of the incredible work that Chappy John does to support our students and staff.

Attendees loved the many tasty treats put on by Saltwater and the amazing clothes from Treasured Interiors. The Gold Coast singing sensations The Ladybirds entertained us with their exceptional singing and the guests bid loudly and enthusiastically for all the items donated for our auction. Take some time to look at all our happy snaps from the morning.

A big thank you to everyone who attended and for everyone who donated incredible items for the auction. See you in Term 3 for our next one.

Mary-Ellen Klem, Chaplaincy Committee Chair and MC of this amazing function


Dates to Remember

11 May - NAPLAN starts

11-13 May - Parent Teacher Interviews

13 May - Clontarf Mothers Day Breakfast

13 May - Student Study Skills Seminar

18 May - Year 12 Optima Awards

18 May - P&C Meeting

19 May - Road Safety Presentation Year 12

28 May - PBC Alliance Breakfast

25 June - Last day of Term 2

We encourage parents/caregivers to email your student’s excellent recent achievements to us. These achievements can be in The Arts, sporting, academic or community service. We would love to hear from you! Please email us at with details of your student’s achievement and include at least one photo, and/or any links to media articles that we can share via our Parent Newsletter, internal communications and social media.

Australian Age Swimming Championships

Massive congratulations to PBC's Julia Remington, Year 8 who competed at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Southport from 5 to 12 April at the Australian Age Swimming Championships 13 years division. Julia's results were:

  • Gold in 200m Breaststroke
  • Gold in 400m Freestyle
  • Gold in 400m Individual Medley
  • Silver in 200m Individual Medley
  • 8th in 200m Freestyle
  • 12th in 100m Breaststroke

Fantastic effort Julia!

Queensland State Gymnastics Championships


Congratulations to PBC's Lauren Fathers who competed at the Queensland State Gymnastics Championships in Brisbane and won a Gold medal in Bars and was named Level 9 Open State Champion. Lauren was also selected for the Queensland State team to compete at Australian Gymnastic Championships (Nationals) on 23 May. Well done Lauren! Good luck at Nationals. We will be cheering for you.

Mal Maninga Cup


Congratulations to the Tweed Seagulls Rugby League team and all the PBC students and staff that are part of the team, for winning the Mal Maninga Cup! The team showed a lot of heart to play the game to the last seconds. Well done boys!

Debut EP Launch


WMP student, Elijah Hughes is releasing a debut EP and putting on an EP launch at Dust Temple, Fri 11 June. He has organised this EP launch independently using skills and connections developed in WMP, and it would be great to see the school community get behind and support him in his artistic endeavours.

Partner Shout Out!


Thank you to Jim Wilson from Wilson Haynes, for again supporting two PBC students in 2021. Jim has been sponsoring students for many years ensuring academically promising, yet disadvantaged students are able to excel by receiving the tools they need for their studies. The students, chosen this year are very grateful for the support.

Wilson Haynes, Solicitors and Business Advisers is a Southern Gold Coast-Tweed Heads-based law firm specialising in helping clients with wills and estate planning; deceased estates; business and trademarks; property; and family and divorce law. Wilson Haynes’ goal is to demystify the legal and business-advisory service, for which clients pay us. Offering services in both QLD and NSW Wilson Haynes are proud of the constituency of their client base, which ranges from individuals and their families, to not-for-profits, to small and family businesses, and to larger companies with a national footprint.

Located 7 minutes south from the Gold Coast International Airport and Southern Cross University, via quick access off the M1, east along Kennedy Drive and into Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, NSW. To make an appointment give the office a call on (07) 5536 3055. Visit the PBC Alliance Business Directory for a special offer.



Dental Haus, Palm Beach has come on board in 2021 as a Bronze Partner with the PBC Alliance. Thank you for supporting our students!

Dental Haus prioritises world-class dental care and positive patient experiences. They aim to make general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry available and accessible to all the community, so every family has the opportunity to achieve the smile they desire. Dental Haus care about each individual patient who enters our clinic, and it's their goal to help everyone achieve their unique goals. Located at Shop 21, 6 Fifth Ave, Palm Beach, you can make an appointment by ringing 5521 0536. For more information go to

If you visit the PBC Alliance Business Directory (link below) you will find a special offer available for PBC Alliance community.

May Business Networking Breakfast


The next Business Networking Breakfast will be on Friday 28 May. It is $20 for a full breakfast prepared and delivered by our own Hospitality students. Come along and listen to our guest speakers, meet many business people from our local community and support our students.

PBC Alliance Business Directory


If you are looking to support our local businesses and local community when looking for a product or service look no further than the PBC Alliance Business Directory. All the listings are supporters of our students and local so please support those that support PBC.


Would you like to support our students through your business? Become a PBC Alliance Partner today. There are various levels of partnership available to suit all budgets and membership is just $25 for the year. If you are interested in learning more about the PBC Alliance visit our website!

SHOUT OUT to our Partners

Aurora Training Institute

Bendigo Bank Tugun Community Bank Branch

Find Ya Feet

Gold Coast Titans

Smile Street Coolangatta

Synergy Fitness

Leading Teams

99 Bikes, Burleigh

Capital Pest Management

Grip Star Socks

LJ Hooker Palm Beach

Michael Hart MP, Burleigh

Prestige Services Training

Stone Style

Southport Sharks

Tweed Sea Sports

WHYse Choices

Currumbin RSL

Inspire Physiotherapy

Leaders of Evolution

Palm Beach Surf Club

Trade Glass

PFD Food Distributors


Finance Office Window Operating Hours

Over the counter payments can only be accepted between 8:00am and 1:00pm on Tuesday to Thursday. Alternatively, you can make payments via BPOINT from your invoice or statement or Direct Deposit. CLOSED Mondays & Fridays

Alternative payment options include BPOINT and Bank Transfer, details found here

For Internet banking please use the details below:

School’s Bank Account:  PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN SHS General A/C

BSB Number:                064-404 CBA Branch Burleigh Heads

Account Number:          00090303

Reference/Details:        Record both Student ID AND the reference Code to ensure your payment can be recorded correctly. (Reference Code = ITEM BEING PAID FOR e.g.: 2021 SRS8 or 2021 ACEX10)


SRS Fees

SRS Fees to list the instalment dates:

1st Instalment – Friday 12 Feb Term 1 - OVERDUE

2nd Instalment – Friday 7 May Term 2

3rd Instalment – Friday 30 July Term 3

Make payments the quick and easy way using BPOINT. Visit, follow the prompts or phone BPOINT on 1300 631 073.

Parents/caregivers experiencing financial difficulty can email ParentSupport

Payment plan options are available including Centrepay -a service to families whereby periodic payments can be made to the school or Direct Debit via credit card (monthly). Paperwork is available from the Student Services Office to activate either of these plans.



Parents – have you registered for QParents yet? Are you using QParents to stay in contact with our school and to access information about your child’s schooling? If you haven’t yet registered for QParents, register now. You can provide your 100 points of identity documents for registration online through QParents, or in person at your school. If you have limited identity documents, or experience difficulties registering, please contact your school for help. QParents is a great way to stay informed about what’s happening in your child’s school life

Saver Plus

Could $500 help you with high-school costs?

Wildlife Warrior Courses

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary are offering Education Courses to the Community in 2021

Don't miss out on some of the great courses on offer over the coming weeks and months! Fast track weekend courses or 8-week courses for age 14 years and over. Proudly presented and hosted by Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Click the below link for more information.

Let’s get involved in National Reconciliation Week


National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements. NRW, which is held from 27 May to 3 June, provides an opportunity for all of us to explore how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. This year’s theme is ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’, which urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. The dates for NRW commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey: the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision, respectively.

For more information and resources, visit the NRW website

Spark their Future


You can help your teen find their spark to build their confidence and get more out of school. Hobbies can help your teen to develop their sense of self and find their passion. Being engaged in something they enjoy can help them persevere and find meaning in learning. Watch parenting expert Maggie Dent discuss the importance of teens finding something they’re good at to help them grow their spark and build their confidence.

Find out more at the Spark their Future website.

Hear the voice of our nurses


In recognition of the contribution of nurses to our everyday lives, on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, we celebrate International Nurses Day on 12 May.

The theme A voice to lead – A vision for future healthcare aims to showcase how nursing will look into the future.

For 30 years state schools registered nurses have led schools to assist students with health support needs so that they can safely succeed at school and achieve a great future.

Uncover asthma misconceptions


The theme for World Asthma Day is a call to action to address commonly held myths and misconceptions concerning asthma.

Schools can assist students with asthma to safely participate in all aspects of school life.

However, it is important to ensure the school has an up-to-date copy of your child’s asthma action plan.

Speak to us about how we can support your child.

If needed, the school can access the State Schools Nursing Service for training to make sure your child is safe at school.